Admission & Application Information
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Concordia College, located in Moorhead, Minnesota, has an excellent reputation in preparing students for health professions. The combined Dietetic Internship (DI) and Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition program meets this tradition of excellence. Our intensive program places emphasis on Dietetics Leadership and instills the importance and necessity of leadership for entry-level professionals in today's dynamic workforce.
Our Mission | Prepare thoughtful and competent entry-level registered dietitians for advanced leadership roles in careers related to food, nutrition and dietetics.
The combined DI/MS program provides the graduate study and degree requirements established by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), and exceeds the minimum 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience (dietetic internship) necessary to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). The combined DI/MS is designed to be completed in four consecutive semesters (and one summer in between) as a full-time student, with a minimum requirement of 38 semester credits.
The Applied Dietetic Practice courses utilize food service management, community, and clinical facilities throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area and surrounding communities. Applied Dietetic Practice I is completed in the summer between the two academic years. Applied Dietetic Practice II is completed in the final spring semester. All courses other than the Applied Dietetic Practice are offered on campus. Students complete their master’s capstone project in the final spring semester.
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Personal Attention | We provide students with personalized advising and mentorship throughout the program. You will have access to full-time faculty and the DI/MS director (100% with doctorates in their respective fields) who are committed and dedicated to your success in the program and beyond. The DI/MS Director will act as your advisor throughout the program.
Culture of Learning Support | In addition to dedicated faculty invested in your success, your small cohort size guarantees opportunities to connect, learn and share ideas with other students in the program and undergraduate students. The supportive relationships you build will play an important role in your success.
Real Experience | There are many opportunities to gain dietetic-related experience in the Fargo-Moorhead community during your DI/MS supervised practice rotations, or working and volunteering. From schools to local health facilities, the options are many. The DI/MS program director will work closely with you to find the right opportunity based on your interests and academic schedule.
State-of-the-art Facility | Nutrition and Dietetics is housed in the new Integrated Science Center. This multi-functional facility was designed to promote strong communication and engagement between faculty and students. It also provides open, inviting spaces for collaborative learning and comfortable areas for study.
Concordia Values | You will be immersed in the rich, vibrant culture of our Concordia College community. You will gain a true sense of purpose and focus on what it means to Become Responsibly Engaged in the World. Strong, foundational coursework will prepare you to learn, lead and serve with character and compassion.
Strategic Course Work | The curriculum is strategically designed to help you connect theory and practice, and gain relevant experience. Our ACEND-accredited program is designed to be completed in 21 months and provides you with the targeted courses to earn your Master of Science in nutrition. Our program places emphasis on dietetic leadership with skill-building communications and business courses.
CDR Preparation | Your success on the Commission on Dietetic Registration Credentialing (CDR) exam is our goal. To fully prepare and build your confidence for the CDR exam, you will complete an in-depth review of all sections within the exam, take practice tests, and at the end of the program, participate in a two-day comprehensive review.
Master's Capstone Project | The capstone project provides you an opportunity to apply your knowledge of dietetics to research, develop and implement a unique program prior to graduation. You are paired with an expert in the field as your mentor and also work closely with the DI/MS program director for guidance and support. The capstone is an excellent example of your work and valuable when applying for dietitian positions. The capstone experience will validate your leadership skills in the dietetics field.
Program Funding | Thanks to a very generous Concordia alumna and spouse, Janet and George Dahlman, for covering Concordia dietetic interns' registration, airfare and lodging costs to attend the Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). FNCE will be held in Indianapolis, IN in October 2020.
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Program goals align with our mission and provide guidance and motivation to interns as they prepare for careers as registered dietitians.
Learn more about what you can expect following graduation!
Graduates employed within 12 months of completing the DI/MS program.
With only 8 interns per cohort, personal attention and mentorship is the norm, not the exception.
The pass rate of Concordia nutrition and dietetics graduates within one year of program completion!
I chose Concordia College Dietetic Internship & Master of Science program because of the coursework and internship, and was able to earn my Master's degree while completing the internship is just two years. Each component of the program contributed to preparing me to be a well-rounded dietician. The faculty at Concordia were supportive of me both as a student and a person. The mentorship provided was invaluable in preparing me to become a registered dietitian.
Annemarie Kettler | Dietetic Internship & Master of Science '19
I chose dietetics because it is full of opportunities to enhance the health of people, communities and even nations. It is a growing profession that is needed more than even in our healthcare system today. The small learning community our cohort provides allows for a more personalized experience during graduate classes and internship rotations. My cohort has become a huge part of my support system... we learn together and I couldn't do it without them.
Angelica Anderson | Dietetic Internship & Master of Science '20
Concordia College has offered many opportunities for me to develop life-long friends who are also studying dietetics, but also great friendships with faculty and other students as well. This overall experience has bettered me as an individual and I am looking forward to bringing what I have learned to my future career as a registered dietitian. Our combined program is so great because it offers us direct experience in internship rotations, but also reinforces information that we've learned in the past in undergraduate courses.
The faculty are amazing at Concordia! It is motivating to enter a classroom with faculty who are happy to help you with anything and want the best for your future.
Allison Eikmeier | Dietetic Internship & Master of Science '20
Concordia’s dietetic internship prepared me to be a well-rounded dietitian. The rigorous structure of the program is centered around clinical, food service, and community rotations where I was given ample opportunities to apply and build upon the knowledge I gained from my undergraduate dietetic program.
With support from faculty and peers, this highly personalized system gave me the knowledge and confidence to pass the board exam on my first attempt and become the best nutrition practitioner possible.
Stephen Pierson | Registered Dietitian | Dietetic Internship & Master of Science '16
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